Not only Activision Blizzard ready to fight for the right to join Microsoft. Microsoft itself, in order to convince regulators, unconditionally gave victory in the “console race” to its main competitor, Sony. Microsoft has published a response to a statement from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. And it announced that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard would increase the chances of Xbox to compete with Sony’s PlayStation console.
The statement called Sony “the dominant console supplier” and “an influential game publisher”. This is true, as in December 2021, there was talk of 8 million Xbox Series sold, while PlayStation 5 sales were estimated at 25 million.
Beyond that, Microsoft has said that many of Sony’s games are better in quality than their own Xbox exclusives. In 2021, there were 280 exclusive games on PlayStation, almost five times more than on Xbox.
Among the main Sony games are named God of War, The Last of Us, Marvel’s SpiderMan, Uncharted, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Goneas well as Destiny 2, the authors of which Sony bought in July. Shareholding is also mentioned Epic Gamescreator Fortnitei From Softwareauthors Elder Ring.
In addition, Microsoft claims that the number of monthly players on the PlayStation is 60 million more than the audience of the Xbox. And this is almost twice as much, which means that the number of players on Microsoft consoles is approximately equal to 60 million.
Finally, according to Microsoft, Xbox buyers played Fortnite as their first game most often. FIFA or Grand Theft Auto. None of these games are closely related to Microsoft.
In the meantime, the company is trying to convince the UK Competition and Markets Authority, the US Federal Trade Commission is rumored to be going to file an antitrust lawsuit against the Microsoft-Activision deal.
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